Frescoes in the Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence
by Filippino LIPPI

Filippo Strozzi (1428-91) returned to Florence from exile in 1466, as a man with foreign contacts of an importance to make him indispensable as an adviser to Lorenzo the Magnificent - and with a fortune sufficient for him to embark in 1489 upon the building of the truly palatial Strozzi Palace. Before that he had purchased from the Boni family the freehold of the chapel in S. Maria Novella that bears his name and commissioned Filippino Lippi to decorate it.

The Chapel of Filippo Strozzi is dedicated to the Apostles Philip and James (formerly to St John the Evangelist). All the frescoes in the chapel are by Filippino Lippi who completed them in 1502. On the right wall of the chapel the artist depicted the scene St Philip Driving the Dragon from the Temple of Hieropolis, above it in the lunette the Crucifixion of St Philip can be seen. On the left wall: St John the Evangelist Resuscitating Druisana, while above in the lunette The Torture of St John the Evangelist is represented. In the vault: Adam, Noah, Abraham and Jacob can be seen.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 10 minutes):
Orlando Gibbons: Te Deum


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View of the Strozzi Chapel
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View of the Strozzi Chapel
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View of the Strozzi Chapel
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View of the frescoes in the Strozzi Chapel
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View of the Strozzi Chapel (detail)
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View of the Strozzi Chapel (detail)
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St Philip Driving the Dragon from the Temple of Hieropolis
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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St Philip Driving the Dragon from the Temple of Hieropolis (detail)
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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St Philip Driving the Dragon from the Temple of Hieropolis (detail)
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St Philip Driving the Dragon from the Temple of Hieropolis (detail)
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St John the Evangelist Resuscitating Drusiana (detail)
1487-1502
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

900*1089
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St Philip Driving the Dragon from the Temple of Hieropolis (detail)
1487-1502
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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St Philip Driving the Dragon from the Temple of Hieropolis (detail)
1487-1502
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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Crucifixion of St Philip
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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St John the Evangelist Resuscitating Drusiana
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

1000*1034
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St John the Evangelist Resuscitating Drusiana (detail)
1487-1502
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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St John the Evangelist Resuscitating Drusiana (detail)
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

900*1157
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St John the Evangelist Resuscitating Drusiana (detail)
1487-1502
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

900*1154
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Torture of St John the Evangelist
1487-1502
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Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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View of the Vaulting in the Strozzi Chapel
1487-1502
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Abraham
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Adam
1487-1502
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Summary of works by Filippino Lippi
Paintings
before 1485 | from 1486
Fresco cycles
Brancacci Chapel | Carafa Chapel | Strozzi Chapel